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Homemade Bug Spray Recipe

Spring brings out pretty flowers, the start of planting, lot’s of outdoor activities—and soon comes our pesky mosquitoes. To better protect you and your family we did a little research to surface the best homemade bug spray recipes.

As with practically every household item, natural bug spray can be made inexpensively and naturally at home.

This recipe takes just minutes to mix up and can be varied based on what you have available in the local stores and your garden.

Essential Oil Bug Spray Recipe
recipe credited to Wellness Mama.com
This recipe used best if sprayed on clothes rather than skin. 

  • Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled Water
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional)

Homemade Bug Spray Instructions – 

  1. Fill spray bottle (8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water
  2. Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
  3. Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using
  4. Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. A fan favorite remix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus.

Pro Tip: make a bigger batch like this and put into smaller 2-3 oz travel spray bottles and gift or use as travel!

Fresh or Dried Herbs Bug Spray Recipe
recipe credited to Wellness Mama.com

  • Distilled water
  • Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
  • Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc.
    recommend using at least one herb from the mint family.
  • Fresh or Dried Herbs

Homemade Bug Spray Instructions – 

  1. Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 TBSP of dried herbs total in any combination from the above. 1 TBSP each of peppermint, spearmint, catnip and lavender, and also throw in a couple of dried cloves.
  2. Mix well, cover and let cool (covering is important to keep the volatile oils in!)
  3. Strain herbs out and mix water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Store in a spray bottle in a cool place (fridge is great because then its nice and cool).
  4. Bottle-up and use as needed!  bonus: it smells great and is very refreshing to the skin.

Other Simple Insect Repelling Ideas:

  • Use a non-toxic, plastic-free insect-repelling band, which is easier to use on children and very effective.
  • Plant insect repelling herbs in your yard. Think of growing lavender, thyme, mint and citronella near your patio and we use these fresh plants as bug repellent in a pinch.
  • Rub lavender flowers or lavender oil on your skin, especially on hot parts of body (neck, underarms, behind ears, etc.) to repel insects.
  • Rub fresh or dried leaves of anything in the mint family all over skin to repel insects (peppermint, spearmint, catnip, pennyroyal, etc or citronella, lemongrass, etc.) Basil is also said to repel mosquitoes and can be used fresh basil leaves in the garden!

Enjoy the start to the season! Let us know by reaching out to us on what works best for you and your family!


By |2017-05-02T21:01:32+00:00April 17th, 2017|Home Tips, Recipe Time|0 Comments